Wildlife Photography with the Sony Alpha One and Sony 200-600 Lens

I switched to a Sony Alpha One for my topside photography in May 2023. After shooting about 50,000 frames through it in Kenya and locally, I have thoughts.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 Background Over the past 20+ years I have owned many digital cameras from all three manufacturers (Nikon, Canon, Sony).  My underwater gear…
November 24, 2023

Choosing a Projection for Panoramic Photos

Some of my most profitable images are landscape panoramic photos, selected for large reproduction in office lobbies, museums or sometimes private homes. With the current generation of extremely sharp lenses and very high resolution sensors, and advances in photo processing software and hardware, it is straightforward to make enormous, high…
February 5, 2013

The World’s Greatest Photo Subjects

The World's Greatest Photo Subjects. I'm going big with this blog entry! After 20 years of making photographs, I realized I have had the good fortune of seeing some of Earth's greatest natural history spectacles with my own eyes. I looked back and made a list of eleven of the…
June 8, 2012

Photography Travel Gear Checklist

Below is my pre-trip photography gear checklist, to make sure I don't forget anything. On any photography trip I take it is guaranteed that I will forget something important, but by using my little list I keep the forgotten gear to a minimum and I can usually improvise with what…
March 2, 2011

A Tale of Two Panoramas and One iPhone

Recently I encountered two panoramic photo situations in which the software that I am accustomed to using for stitching panoramas failed. It gave me the impetus to try Photoshop for panoramas, with mixed results explained below. And the biggest surprise of my recent panorama efforts has been with, well, you'll…
February 24, 2011

Sun and Water Beget the Summer Girl

Ferris wheel and fair rides at sunset, blurring due to long exposure. Image ID: 20872 Location: Del Mar Fair, California, USA I am readying gear for a bit of diving, so I had to drag the camera out of deep storage and call upon one of my two favorite fitness…
May 23, 2010

A Breath-Holding Exercise for Water Photographers

I finish my swim workouts with a few minutes of active breathholding exercises which I feel make me a better waterman and a better photographer. Photographers working in or under the water must often deal with chaotic, stressful or just plain physically demanding situations. I have found that being able…
April 19, 2010

How I Lost My Apple-ginity

You know the feeling. That special iFeeling. You walk into the Apple Store and immediately have the joy. Oooh. Aaah. "How cool would it be to have one of those? Just think how my photography experience would improve with THAT! I know I could be twice as productive with that…
February 26, 2010

SEO For Photographers, Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important for photographers. With the growing number of photographer websites on the internet, it is increasingly difficult for a photographer's website to be noticed by photo buyers who rely on search results. Good positioning in search engine results translates into revenue. Here in a nutshell…
November 10, 2009

Expose to the Right

Are you exposing to the right and using the best in-camera settings for contrast and saturation? If you shoot RAW and expose to the right and think contrast and saturation settings don't affect you, think again. If you judge your exposure settings on whether you are clipping the highlights on…
September 22, 2009

Optimal Contrast and Saturation Settings for RAW Photographers

Are you using the best in-camera settings for contrast and saturation? If you shoot RAW and think these settings don't affect you, think again. If you judge your exposure settings on whether you are clipping the highlights on your histogram, you may be underexposing unnecessarily. Here's why. Note that this…
May 5, 2009

Economic Recovery Plan for Photographers

This is an exciting time to be a photographer in America! Just a few days after Inauguration, the Obama Administration quietly created the Presidential Digital Imaging and Photography Commission. This blue ribbon panel of industry experts was tasked with devising market incentives, rather than bailouts, for the photography industry, in…
April 1, 2009
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Photographing Bald Eagles in Homer, Alaska

Photographing Bald Eagles in Homer AK -- What Worked and What Didn't Bald eagle in flight, banking over beach with Kachemak Bay in background. Image ID: 22613 Species: Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis Location: Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska, USA If you have seen much of this web site,…
March 29, 2009
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Photographing Antelope Canyon, The Wave, Buckskin Gulch and Horseshoe Bend

I have been fortunate to visit and photograph a few of the iconic locations around Page, Arizona: The Wave, Antelope Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley. Recently, I shared some correspondance about these places with another photographer whom I originally met at Brooks River a few years ago.…
March 11, 2009